Status: Concluded Nov. 2015
Ministry responsible: Environment and Parks
Report to the Minister
Alberta's Climate Change Advisory Panel was formed in the summer of 2015. The panel heard from a wide range of Albertans including the public, farmers, Indigenous communities, academia, think-tanks and industry representatives on a new climate change strategy for Albertans.
What was heard
The Climate Leadership Discussions provided the Panel with the opportunity to hear from thousands of Albertans across the province. A series of reports summarizing the engagement process and what was heard are available below.
These reports cover the engagement methods and tools, and summarize the wide range of input the panel received online, and through the public, Aboriginal and technical engagement streams.
Public open houses
Almost 1,000 people attended the Climate Change Advisory panel's two public open houses in Edmonton and Calgary. The panel heard a range of opinions related to taking action on climate change.
More than 25,000 responses were collected through the Climate Change Online survey which was open from August 14 to September 18, 2015.
Read the online survey results, including Appendix A: Script from Online Engagement, Appendix B: Crosstab Definitions and Weightings and Appendix C: Tables – All Data Sets at:
Technical engagement sessions
The panel held ten sessions with approximately 350 stakeholders, including representatives from the private sector, think tanks, environmental organizations, academia and municipal governments. Sessions provided an opportunity to discuss areas such as: the energy efficiency of buildings and houses; agriculture and forestry; transportation and the role of municipalities; electricity; oil and gas; smaller industrial emitters; and economy-wide approaches for greenhouse gas reductions.
Aboriginal engagement sessions
The panel held meetings with Aboriginal Peoples in Calgary, Edmonton and Fort McMurray. Participants discussed outcomes, priorities and community interests related to climate change and Aboriginal Peoples perspectives.
The panel received 535 submissions from a varied group of interested stakeholders, including members of the general public, industry, non-governmental organizations, and academic experts. Almost 60 per cent of submissions came from individuals. Roughly 20 per cent were submitted by companies from across a number of industries. Non-governmental organizations submitted roughly 18 per cent of all submissions. The remainder were submitted by academic institutions, municipalities, government agencies, and other organizations.
The Climate Leadership Discussion Document was developed by the Government of Alberta to lay the foundation for the climate change discussions. It sets out the challenges Albertans face, presents considerations and options for action.
Meet the panel
Alberta's Climate Change Advisory Panel was formed in the summer of 2015. The panel heard from a wide range of Albertans including the public, farmers, Aboriginal Peoples, academia, think-tanks and industry representatives on a new climate change strategy for Alberta.